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Telephone Enquiry Line

Open: Monday – Friday 11am-1pm

Voicemail service outside of hours available

01635 015854

In Immediate Danger

Call 999

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

0808 2000 247

FLAG DV impact report 2023

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Flag DV Mission Statement

What do we do?

We offer a one-on-one free legal advice appointment with a qualified family law solicitor to anyone experiencing domestic abuse. The advice clinic is designed to help give you clarity on what you can do and how you can do it in order to move in a safe way out of the abuse.
This service is provide regardless of someone’s gender or sexual orientation.

What is domestic abuse?

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 created, for the first time, a cross-government statutory definition of domestic abuse, to ensure that domestic abuse is properly understood, considered unacceptable and actively challenged across statutory agencies and in public attitudes.

‘Abusive behaviour’ is defined in the act as any of the following:

  • physical or sexual abuse
  • violent or threatening behaviour
  • controlling or coercive behaviour
  • economic abuse
  • psychological, emotional or other abuse

For the definition to apply, both parties must be aged 16 or over and ‘personally connected’.

‘Personally connected’ is defined in the act as parties who:

  • are married to each other
  • are civil partners of each other
  • have agreed to marry one another (whether or not the agreement has been terminated)
  • have entered into a civil partnership agreement (whether or not the agreement has been terminated)
  • are or have been in an intimate personal relationship with each other
  • have, or there has been a time when they each have had, a parental relationship in relation to the same child
  • are relatives
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Empowerment

Flag DV Legal advisors can offer you the advice you need to confidentially make decisions to improve your situation.
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Protection

Domestic abuse and violence often affects those who love you too. Flag DV can link you to organisations and resources that help you protect yourself and your family.
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Choice

You are in charge. Flag DV will listen to you and respond with options based upon your legal rights and the outcome you want. But it’s up to you what you do next.
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Domestic Abuse can happen to anyone

Domestic abuse will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime
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Victim's Code of Practice

The Government have created a new Code of Practice for Victims of Domestic Abuse in England and Wales. The Victims’ Code focuses on victims’ rights and sets out the minimum standard that organisations must provide to victims of crime.
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Legal Aid

Sadly changes to legal aid that were made in 2013 make it increasingly more difficult for those to access legal aid that need it. However you might be able to get legal aid if you have evidence that you or your children have been victims of domestic abuse or violence and you cannot afford to pay legal costs.
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A look at 2023....

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